After a year-long study, two of the world's most iconic automakers have devised a collaborative plan. Toyota and BMW will work together on a pair of sports cars in the coming months, cars which will at once be authentic to their brands and intrinsically related. They'll also mark the largest step toward cooperation between the pair of automakers to-date.
What began in 2011 as an agreement to research new engine technologies together has begun to look more and more like a partnership between the Japanese and German companies. In 2012, fuel cells and electric car tech were thrown into the mix. With 2013 in our collective rear-view mirrors, the companies have settled on a roadmap that will lead them both to a new, collaborative future.
BMW will focus more on the future sports cars exteriors while Toyota will play a greater role in designing their advanced battery systems. As the design process itself is just beginning, there's no timeline yet for the release of the twin sports cars. We're not even sure yet if they will be hybrids, EVs or fuel cell vehicles. What we do know is that auto enthusiasts from every corner of the globe are already chomping at the bit to see what Toyota and BMW can do when they put their heads together.